Now 42 years old and freshly removed from an eight-month stint in prison due to tax evasion and doping, former middleweight and super middleweight champion Felix Sturm has agreed to face countryman Vincent Feigenbutz this coming autumn as part of his ongoing comeback tour.
Sturm (41-5-3, 18 KO) spent nearly four years out of the ring after a bogus split decision over Fedor Chudinov in 2016, which snapped a three-fight winless streak and served as the latest bit of controversy in a career chock-full of it. Following the aforementioned legal issues, he returned to action last December with a one-sided win over Timo Rost, and he’s presently slated to face another unbeaten German in James Kraft next month.
Feigenbutz (32-3, 28 KO), 17 years his junior, scored nine knockouts among 10 consecutive victories before a one-sided drubbing from Caleb Plant in February 2020. He returned to middleweight for his bounce-back bout, a unanimous decision over Jama Saidi.
While it would be very fun to see two men with a knack for swaying the judges cause the officials’ heads to explode when forced to choose a winner, I’m not sure it’ll last long enough for that. Feigenbutz is well below the elite, but the man can definitely thump.